Program Coordinator

Admission Deadlines

Additional Links

Dr. Michael Bochenko Fall Semester: July 1 Retention/Dismissal/Readmission Policy
Spring Semester: November 1  Graduation Requirements
Phone: 229-333-5633

Summer Semester: April 1

Department of Curriculum, Leadership, and Technology

Admission Requirements

Please note: As of Summer 2017, the requirements for this program have changed to reflect new GAPSC standards. 

Required Documents

Admission Requirements

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

Official transcript from your master's degree-granting school and from any graduate coursework

(Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School

  • Must hold a minimum of a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Must hold a Tier 1 Educational Leadership Certificate or a grandfathered L or PL certificate in Educational Leadership from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC).
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 Scale for a graduate degree, calculated on all attempted coursework in which a letter grade was awarded.
  • Applicants having a cumulative grade point average between 2.75 and 2.99 on a 4.0 scale for a graduate degree must submit a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score.  Recommended scores for admission are:
    • GRE: 145 Verbal and 139 Quantitative
    • MAT: 380
Superintendent Letter of Assurance
  • Must be completed by the applicant’s local school system superintendent.
  • Must hold a leadership position at either a P-12 school, system level, or in a related agency.
  • Must be submitted by mail, fax, or scanned and emailed to the Graduate School.
  • The employing system/agency must have an active partnership with Valdosta State to supervise a residency experience for the candidate. 
  • Applicants not serving in a leadership position, as described, may be enrolled if VSU and the employer establish a formal, written agreement specifying the candidate will be released from other responsibilities for a portion of the school week sufficient in length to allow the applicant to participate in, and successfully complete, residency performances. 

Career Goal Statement

  • No more than 250 words, to be submitted to the Graduate School with the rest of the application materials. 
  • The statement must demonstrate:
    • the ability to organize and articulate thoughts
    • writing skills, including grammar and punctuation
    • the ability to set goals consistent with one's desired career path.
  • The statement must address your career goals, how the degree contributes to reaching these career goals, and why VSU was selected for this graduate work. 
  • The Career Goal statement accounts for no more than 30% of the admissions decision process. 

Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment

Program Entry Test 370

  • Evidence of completion must be submitted to the Graduate School. 
  • Applicants having completed this entry requirement for Tier 1 certification need not complete the assessment. 

VSU Medical Form

  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

Verification of Lawful Presence

  • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Complete list of accepted documents and information on residency.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to ensure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

Important Program Information

  • Applicants must be serving in a leadership role as defined by their school system.

International Applicants 

International applicants must meet all admission criteria and documentation requirements as defined by the program, however, additional documentation may be required.  The Ed.S. program requires applicants to be employed in a leadership role in a school system and to hold leadership certification. Meeting the requirements outlined below without certification and employment in an appropriate leadership role will not meet the criteria for admission.  Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam or IELTS exam. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.

  • Certificate of Finances - The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. This document is considered a part of the application for admission and applications will not be reviewed without this document.  Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to complete their studies are exempt from this requirement.

  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

Admission Classifications

  • Students will only be admitted as ‘Regular’ status students.
  • Probationary status is not available for Ed.S. programs at Valdosta State University.
  • Requests for Irregular admission will not be considered for Ed.S. programs at Valdosta State University.

Admission Questions 

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.

  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5







  • Visit Us: Psychology Building (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100